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4/08/2018 5:31 am  #1

Farmers’ Anger at Trump Tariffs Puts Republican Candidates in a Bind

They stood by Trump when he bragged about assaulting women.
They were silent when he mocked a war hero.
They stared at their shoes when trump referred to neo-nazis as "Some very fine people".

But, soybeans? That's a bridge too far.

Farmers’ Anger at Trump Tariffs Puts Republican Candidates in a Bind

WASHINGTON — As President Trump moves to fulfill one of the central promises of his campaign — to get tough on an ascendant China — he faces a potential rebellion from a core constituency: farmers and other agricultural producers who could suffer devastating losses in a trade war.

Mr. Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Chinese goods came with a presidential declaration that trade wars are good and easily won. But the action has injected damaging uncertainty into the economy as Republicans are already struggling to maintain their hold on the House and the Senate in a difficult election year.

While the battle for control of the House will be waged in large part in the suburbs, rural districts in Southern Illinois, Iowa, Arkansas and Missouri could prove important. And control of the Senate could come down to Republican efforts to unseat Democrats in North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri and Montana — all states staring down the barrels of a trade war’s guns.

With farmers angry and worried as China vows to retaliate, many Republicans find themselves torn between loyalty to a president who remains broadly popular in rural states and the demands of constituents, especially farmers, to oppose his tariffs.

In North Dakota, a major soybean-producing state, Representative Kevin Cramer, a Republican who is running for the Senate, sounded restrained this past week when he urged Mr. Trump to “take a more measured approach” to China. By Friday, he sounded panicked.

“I contacted @SecretarySonny to urge him to use every tool in the Farm Bill, including Commodity Credit Corp programs, to protect ag producers from effects resulting in potential trade actions against China,” he wrote on Twitter, referring to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. “Farmers must know the Admin has their back & I urge them to act swiftly.”

Last edited by Goose (4/08/2018 5:31 am)

We live in a time in which decent and otherwise sensible people are surrendering too easily to the hectoring of morons or extremists. 

4/08/2018 6:42 am  #2

Re: Farmers’ Anger at Trump Tariffs Puts Republican Candidates in a Bind

But NOW you are hurting our wallets - can't ignore THAT ! 

Not sure what that says about these supporters. 

"Do not confuse motion and progress, A rocking horse keeps moving but does not make any progress"

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